Thickest Physics Book: MTW Gravitation or Even Thicker?

In summary, there were several books mentioned in the conversation that are thick and extensive in content. These include Math Methods for Physics & Engineering by Riley et al, Mahan's text in Many Body Physics, James Stewart Calculus (with the first five editions glued together), Lakowicz's "Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy," Slattery's "Interfacial Transport Phenomena," and Carroll's "A Modern Introduction to Astrophysics." The latter, which the speaker owns, is about 1300 pages and is highly recommended.
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Just curious...
Is there a single textbook (excluding freshman physics books and encyclopedias) that beats MTW Gravitation in its thickness (either ruler-measured or page number-wise)?
 
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Math Methods for Physics & Engineering, Riley et al.
 
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Mahan's text in Many Body Physics is around 1000 pages and is the thickest book I've tried to read in a couple of years.
 
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I glued the first five editions of James Stewart Calculus together. Does that count?
 
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MTW is a beast, But Lakowicz "Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy" is at least the same size, and Slattery's "Interfacial Transport Phenomena" has about 1200 pages.
 
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Carroll - A modern introduction to astrophysics, is about 1300pages.

I own it, very good book
 

1. What is the MTW Gravitation book?

The MTW Gravitation book is a comprehensive and influential textbook on the topic of general relativity and gravitation. It is named after its authors, Charles Misner, Kip Thorne, and John Wheeler, and is considered one of the thickest and most detailed books on the subject.

2. How thick is the MTW Gravitation book?

The MTW Gravitation book is approximately 1,280 pages long and weighs about 5 pounds, making it one of the thickest physics books available. It is known for its dense and thorough coverage of the topic, making it a challenging but valuable resource for students and researchers.

3. What makes MTW Gravitation thicker than other physics books?

The MTW Gravitation book is thicker than other physics books because it covers a wide range of complex topics related to general relativity and gravitation in great detail. It includes numerous equations, diagrams, and examples to explain and illustrate the concepts, making it a comprehensive and exhaustive resource for those studying the subject.

4. Is the MTW Gravitation book suitable for beginners?

No, the MTW Gravitation book is not recommended for beginners or those with limited knowledge of physics. It is a highly technical and advanced textbook intended for graduate-level students and researchers. It is best used as a supplement to other introductory texts on the subject.

5. Are there any other physics books thicker than MTW Gravitation?

Yes, there are other physics books that are thicker than MTW Gravitation. For example, the book "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" by Richard Feynman, Robert Leighton, and Matthew Sands is over 1,500 pages long and is considered a classic in the field. However, both MTW Gravitation and "The Feynman Lectures" are known for their detailed and comprehensive coverage of their respective topics.

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